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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Garlic, Garlic and More Garlic



For years, my husband yearned to attend the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, a weekend long extravaganza for garlic lovers.  I had reservations about "giving up" a glorious fall day that could have been spent bike riding or exploring the Botanical Gardens.  Spending the day with a bunch of smelly garlic lovers? Well, this year I relented!

My hesitation turned to a smile when I realized that there were  craft booths and each included something "garlicky." I didn't buy them, but will long remember the garlic shaped silver earrings for $65.  Where else would you find that!

 In the farmer's market area, we talked to growers.  I don't know about you, but I always thought garlic was garlic. 
WRONG!  There are MANY different kinds of garlic all with subtle differences.  There is German, Italian, Russian, and even Irish garlic heritages growing in the rich soil of upstate New York.  Words like subtle, spicy, warm, and vibrant are used to describe some incredible garlics that people are using to make hummus, pesto, jellies, oils, vinegar and even ice cream. 

I sampled some garlic (I did NOT try the garlic ice cream) and left with bags of garlic, hummus and vinegar that will grace our table for months and provide us with warm memories of the harvest 2012. 

7 comments:

Linda at teacherdance said...

Wow-I didn't know about all those kinds of garlic, either, Anita. I do love to go to festivals like this. I'm always so inspired and delighted by the creativity of people, like the earrings. Thanks.

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

I saw this advertised at the Clearwater Festival...now I wish I'd gone! Oh for a pair of silver garlic earrings!

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Cathy said...

Yum! I didn't know there were different kinds. I hope they are wonderful!!! Have you ever roasted it?

pamelahodges said...

The garlic festival sounds so interesting. I didn't know there were so many different kinds of garlic. I will have to try and go next year. Thank you for sharing your adventure.

Nanc said...

Yep, it sounds so yummy with your sensory words. I even think I'd try the garlic ice cream ! xo nanc

Christy Rush-Levine said...

Who knew there were enough people interested in celebrating garlic to form a whole festival around it! I mean, I love garlic as much (okay, maybe more) than the next guy, but never would've expected a festival! The earrings and adjectives were just the right details to show us the joyful quirkiness of this event! Mmmm... now I have a craving for (you guessed it) GARLIC!